Monday, 27 May 2019

Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with further coverage of the surrounding ports.

Sea News Dover

Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253

Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205
Thames Estuary Forts 6250

Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus
DFDS: For apprentice information see 6125
P&O: Jobs Fair/Apprenticeships 6187

P&O Ferries : FREE WINE with P&O !!!! see 6258
P&0 Ferries : FREE Fuel Voucher see 6268

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Post 6256
  Del Styan, Norwich
I've done a bit of google digging, and the forts were used from 23rd September 1964 till 9th February 1967 by Radio City. Thank god - I thought my memory was going the way of Chris Grayling's Seaborne decisions.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 23:13
Post 6255
  Sea News, Dover

While photographing the lifeboats on sunday this fabulous motor cruiser came into port and made its way to the inner sanctum. A very impressive beast indeed...however the guys fishing on the Admiralty Pier in the background of pic there weren't overly impressed and hardly gave it a second glance...nor did the lifeboat crews below...what can ye do Smiley
Yours truly didn't get the name of the if anyone knows... ??
it was one of those jobs you mean to go back to .. ah thanks to Mike... Name of cruiser is Chelina.

And speaking of all things even more serious piece of exotic equipment is this ultra fab superyacht below belonging to the formula one race team Force India. This one joined us here in Port a couple of years back. Yours truly's invitation for a pink gin onboard got lost in the post...strewth!

Now alas at the other end of the social scale...the picture below shows the Police crackdown on rough sleepers last week. A much higher profile from the police was in evidence as they cleared out the seafront shelters over a series of days. Picture can also see an ambulance on the scene. The rough sleepers had taken up residence in the shelters for quite some time.

See also yesterdays fund raising post/pictures re P&O Ferries and the Lifeboat.


Ah yes indeed Del there used to be offshore radio stations...not sure if those forts were featured but maybe...

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 06:11
Post 6254
  Del Styan, Norwich
I seem to remember some of the pirate stations operating from the forts in my youth. Radio City, I think? Maybe Radio England?

Monday, 6 May 2019 - 23:13
Post 6253
  Sea News, Dover


P&O Ferries welcomed volunteers and officials from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) to Channel House, Dover to present them with a cheque for £13,522.59 – the largest amount ever raised for the charity by the ferry operator’s employees and customers.

Continuing the long-standing partnership between P&O Ferries and the RNLI, this figure was raised through collection boxes placed on all six of its ships serving the English Channel throughout 2018, allowing donations of any currency.

As the company’s official charity these are the exclusive collection boxes on board and this year’s efforts signify an increased donation of over £500, in comparison with the amount raised in 2017.

In attendance at the presentation and accompanying lunch were a range of figures from the RNLI’s Dover branch, who work tirelessly to save lives at sea, as well as P&O Ferries crew who were recognised for their exceptional fundraising efforts on-board.

James Clapham, Coxswain at RNLI said, “We are very grateful to P&O Ferries, their employees and passengers for their valuable donations. These contributions are a big part of our ability to undertake life-saving at sea.”

Joe Ciantar, Head of Security, Gaming and Foreign Exchange at P&O Ferries said, “P&O Ferries are proud to present the RNLI with a cheque for £13,522.59 in respect of 2018 donations, which is another record breaking amount from the generosity of our passengers and employees for the RNLI. The RNLI is our nominated charity with whom we have a long connection and relationship.”

For more information on the RNLI visit For further details on P&O Ferries visit


Pictured with the 'large' cheque (large in more ways than one! ) above and below are Joan Hazelden and James Clapham.
This is the largest amount ever raised by the ferry company employees and customers.

One of the P&O Ferries below which helped to raise all the cash...the Spirit of Britain...

There is much talk of the new pier at the moment, this picture below of Dover Lifeboat was taken from the old pier, yes the Prince of Wales Pier. This picture of the Lifeboat was taken a few years ago by our 'roving reporter' Sarah Hewes ..

Now a couple of shots of Lifeboat action in the harbour yesterday. Both Dover Lifeboat and Dungeness Lifeboat were on a training exercise and here we are below... Dover Lifeboat to the left in first shot...
Picture above shows the Lifeboats at the Port entrance...and the pic below shows Dover Lifeboat and crew as we look across the new development works to the inner harbour.

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Many thanks to the team at P&O Ferries for the information. Great great fundraising there...Smiley

Nice shots below Mike...we are having a big Lifeboat day today.Smiley



Monday, 6 May 2019 - 06:00
Post 6252
  Mike J., Dover

Sunday morning & Tamar Class ELEN COMBIE awaits departure from Dover after overnighting during her long 655 mile trip from Poole to Longhope in the Orkneys.

By Sunday night she had arrived in Lowestoft.

Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 23:31
Post 6251
  Sea News, Dover
Great to have those photos below of the new pier Patrick..great stuff indeed!Smiley
Jeremy they may well add seating later. I understand they rushed to get it open for the bank holiday weekend, but time will tell.Smiley
Yes the new pier should be great for a summer stroll things look good from down thereSmiley

Mike's marvellous 'adventure special' pinned todaySmiley ... ( UPDATE: hugely enjoyable post below now unpinned )


Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 05:52
Post 6250
  Mike J., Dover
In post 6239 I pushed the ‘local’ limits of ‘Sea News’ with a few pix of the Sheerness lifeboat rescuing a small motor launch.
I was waiting at Queenborough before taking a trip out to three of the Thames Estuary WW2 anti-aircraft forts aboard the X-PILOT.

The first & furthest fort visited was the Knock John tower, about 20 miles north of Whitstable, one of several built of concrete & originally manned by the Royal Navy.

The other two forts visited were the Shivering Sands & Redsand towers, built to a different design of a number of steel towers, originally connected by catwalks.
These forts were manned by Army personnel.

Restoration of one of the Redsand towers is slowly taking place by a group who recognize the historical significance of these defences & regular work parties go out from Queenborough aboard the X-PILOT.
A lot of work has already been carried out internally & occasionally members of the public can board the tower with the work group.

[We went VERY close alongside the landing stage & passed between two of the towers beneath a temporary bridge, a fascinating experience & a rare chance to get close to these little known historic relics, some of which are visible from parts of the North Kent coast.


Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 01:53
Post 6249
  Jeremy Ward, Whitfield, Dover
Looking at the great photo's of the new Pier it doesn't look like there are any seats to sit down on only some at the end? Smiley

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 22:24
Post 6248
  JanT, Dover
Looking at the pictures of the new pier that Patrick has posted,it looks very nice for that summer evening stroll.

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 17:18
Post 6247
  Patrick, Marine Parade
re#6245 New Pier Open to public

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 08:37
Post 6246
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above shows the sky over the Port on Thursday afternoon. A very dramatic looking stormy sky as you can see. Out there underneath all that squally menace is a Border Force cutter...just a dot to the left of the central cranes...keeping our borders safe despite the weather. I've pushed the picture as large as we can go to show nature at its best.

You can see the Pullmantur Zenith once again in the shot below … she is about to disappear into the fog while in the foreground you can see the P&O ferry the Pride of Burgundy setting out for Calais through the western exit. Speaking of P&O we have had some very good info through from will get that sorted...

Don't miss the latest info in the post below.


Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 05:55
Post 6245
  Sea News, Dover
DHB Tweet today -

. . . . . We’ve managed to get Dover’s new 500m+ marina pier open to public in time for bank holiday - open today at 4pm.
Normal times 7am – 9pm. Enjoy while we continue delivering wider western docks development ….


Mike just sent this over. There we go.Smiley

Friday, 3 May 2019 - 16:42
Post 6244
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures now of the US Coastguard tall ship EAGLE which passed close to Port the other day..let me check..yes wednesday. The pictures are more drawing or indeed old print rather than straight forward photographs, this due to them needing work because of quality issues. Great to see the ship, frustrating because of fog/mist.

Tried zooming in on the one below...

See also Patrick's pic in 6241.
You can also see Eagle to the left in the pic below...featuring the Pullmantur Zenith.

More Zenith pictures below as she departs on a foggy/misty Wednesday evening bound for Ijmuiden in Holland and on then to Malmo in Sweden...Passengers enjoying a one way 8 day cruise starting in Lisbon and finishing in Malmo.

Smiley Excellent collection below Mike and added info...very interesting to see the development progress.
Great work there from our 'inshore correspondent'
Yes the Border Force are hi-profile, they have been busy with two more migrant boats picked up.


Friday, 3 May 2019 - 05:58
Post 6243
  Mike J., Dover

More Border Agency craft with HUNTER & SPEEDWELL snoozing in the Tidal Basin awaiting their next patrol.

The edge of the cut & lock from the new marina to Wellington Dock.

There are srong rumours that the new Marina Pier may open to the public during May. This would certainly be good PR for the public to see a little of the work that has been going on altho ' I fear that they may be disappointed at the shipping views from the end of the new pier due tg 'obstructions'

For excellent drone footage of the new lock & much else besides - google -

dwdr revival march 2019

The drone footage gives good views of the new road road layout & much of the fencing & the security gates have been removed at the endc of the Union Street swingbridge.

Work continues on the reclaim area which has has swallowed forever much of the Prince of Wales pier.

Friday, 3 May 2019 - 01:39
Post 6242
  Sea News, Dover

The top two pictures above show Border Force Searcher moving by the Port two days ago in the grey oul conditions, miserable visibility at the moment. Grey grey all is grey. The third picture down shows Border Force Hunter returning to Port here at the same time. Obviously the busy time continues for the Border Force.

Unscheduled but one cant resist showing the two pictures below, just spotted them in the files here while uploading...showing Border Force Searcher again but this time from 2014....can you believe the changes...we still had an operational Prince of Wales Pier then. Fascinating looking back but yours truly is however embracing the new... A couple here for the National Archive...

You've seen Patricks shot of the tall ship yesterday...the American Eagle, well the day before we had these two pass by... but the image is sadly very poor because of the visibility. The close ship is Oosterschelde, surely Dutch with that name...and further away the delightful Queen Galadriel.

SmileyNice pictures below did a good job with the US Coastguard Eagle as the visibility was fairly awful. I tried it too .. but...but however will have some images in due course with the computers help.

The bumbling shambles goes on in Whitehall with 'Private Pike' pushed onto his sword after refusing to fall on it.. Smiley

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - 06:10
Post 6241
  Patrick, Marine Parade
One in, one passing this morning.

Pullmantur Cruise liner 'Zenith' arrived on CT2 early this morning making a welcome change in colour and shape from recent arrivals. Due to depart at 7pm today.

..... and passing our Port in the morning mist en route from Portsmouth to Oslo was the majestic US Coastguard barque 'EAGLE'

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 10:03
Post 6240
  Sea News, Dover

All the pictures in todays post are from the sunday just gone. The three top pictures show Pacific Reefer arriving with us in the afternoon. We had nice clear weather to comfortably enjoy a few shots of the arrival. Nice looking reefer there...

Also sunday below...sunday morning. Yours truly spotted the Dover Lifeboat approaching the Port here from the east. She was powering along beneath the cliffs so I was ready to hopefully catch the dramatics. However by the time she reached the Port entrance the guys had 'throttled back' so the pictures are a wee bit tame in comparison to what they might have been...
but always great to see the guys in action. Was still having a few problemos with the camera then. Yours truly at the time couldn't successfully unfiddle my previous program fiddling...

Fascinating post below from Mike with lots of great info and great pictures...
Don't Miss all That !!

Well done MikeSmiley

ps: Pullmantur Zenith in with us today...

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 07:02
Post 6239
  Mike J., Dover

Nice HANNAH heavy weather pix.

Pushing the ‘local’ coverage of ‘Sea News’ to the limit I was at Queenborough last Sunday for a trip out to three of the Thames anti-aircraft forts aboard the X-PILOT [post 5633].

While I was waiting to join the X-PILOT the Sheerness lifeboat GEORGE & IVY SWANSON appeared with a small motorboat tied alongside her which she dropped off at at the Queenborough ‘all tide’ pontoon.

The ‘casualty’ was met by four Coastguards who had a chat with the three occupants of the launch which had broken down off Sheerness & drifted under the old Olau Line linkspan by Garrison Point Fort, fortunately without any injury to the launch’s occupants.
There’s a comprehensive report on Sheerness lifeboat’s Facebook page.

On Meridian TV on Monday night there was a brief report of the arrival of Hasting’s new lifeboat.
Like Dungeness, Hasting’s 13-28 is a Shannon class boat & is similarly beached at speed when necessary, but not as spectacularly as at Dungeness.
Perhaps Sarah was in attendance in which case I’m sure that we can look forward to her excellent pix.

Interestingly the RICHARD & CAROLINE COLTON was partly funded by a legacy of two vintage Ferraris which had been donated to the RNLI.

Across the Medway at the Isle of Grain gas terminal discharging a cargo from Norway was the big gas-carrier ARCTIC VOYAGER.

The coaster NEPTUNE, a frequent visitor to Whitstable, was passing by heading to Thamesport [confusingly located on the Medway not far upriver from the gas boat & a one-time container port, now largely closed].

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 00:42
Post 6238
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of our most recent storm (Hannah), and they keep on coming now that we've named them, although this one didn't hit us very hard down here in the corner of Kent. We just got the tail end..the tail was wagging but not too vigorously...

The top shot shows the approaching Delft Seaways. In fact both ships featured are DFDS ferries. Yes as the near distance we have Delft Seaways and in the far distance Calais they progress ever nearer to the Port of Dover a couple of days ago. The fourth shot above is from the recent-ish archives but worth including...also the Delft Seaways with a P&O in the foreground there. Delft Seaways was Ed's most recent ship...he got some great pix for us over time.

Time For Real Investment in our Roads

Dear Mr Boland,

Steel barriers in the middle of the carriageway. Thousands of cones weaving one way then the other. Speeds limited to 50mph. This is today’s reality of the main route to the Channel Ports. The M20 has become the nation’s slowest motorway.

Residents are furious – and rightly so. Operation Stack’s replacement scheme Operation Brock started on March 25. This contraflow system between Junctions 8 and 9 London-bound was intended to allow traffic to flow in both directions should there be delays at Eurotunnel or the Port of Dover.

That was the intention. The reality has been yet another large section of the M20 with a reduced speed limit, joining most of the rest of the motorway where traffic flows at a snail’s pace. Junction 10 has a 50mph limit because of roadworks to complete the new Junction 10A. Meanwhile Junctions 3 to 5 is being changed to become a so called “smart motorway”. Both projects aren’t due to be completed until 2020.

In the meantime, Kent drivers face long delays. And a speeding ticket if they even just slightly exceed the limit. With the new revenue-raising average speed cameras, motorists need to be sure to keep to a crawl for miles at a time. Maybe that’s fine for those with expensive cars with cruise control, but it’s not so easy for everyone else.

Yet again, this underlines why we need more investment in Kent’s roads. Not Brock. Nor smart motorways. We need serious investment in wider roads and more capacity. Starting with dualling the A2. By 2030, freight traffic at Dover is projected to rise by 40%. A single carriageway A2 is simply inadequate.

There needs to be investment in off-motorway lorry parking too. Lorry parking that the Department for Transport was meant to build long ago. Kent MPs spent a long time convincing the Department for Transport to provide money for the Stanford lorry park – now we need to get that important project back on track.

Investment in our roads has been put off by successive governments. It is needed now more than ever. That’s why I will continue to work with my fellow Kent MP to make the case to secure the investment we need. I recently led a call by all of East Kent’s MPs and council leaders for the A2 dualling to be urgently taken forward. I am meeting the roads minister again in the coming weeks to press our case.

Real investment in Kent’s roads is long overdue. Better roads to the Channel Ports is not simply a priority for our community – it is a national priority too. A smoother flow across the English Channel with fewer delays will benefit our trade and our economy. That’s why I am fighting tirelessly to ensure we get a better deal – with more investment in our roads.

Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal

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And who can argue with that...the roads around here are completely overstretched and they wont get any better with a no deal Brexit..
Many thanks to Charlie there...


Tomorrow aiming to have some pictures of both Pacific Reefer and the Dover Lifeboat...still to sort them...
AIDAluna back in...

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 05:30
Post 6237
  Sea News, Dover

Saga Sapphire departs: yes there we have Saga Sapphire leaving us last evening sunday about 4.30pm .. in fact will just double check... time of pic 4.23pm exactly or 16.23 of you prefer. Her first stop Kiel in Germany on her tour of the Baltic...highlighting in particular St Petersburg in Russia. She is photographed above there under a mixture of heavy black cloud alternating with bright was that kind of day. That's the coast of France in the background there. Shortly after she left, Pacific Reefer approached and we will have pictures of that one soon. Got quite a few bits to catch up on.

Below...well here we are just catching up now on the recent departure of AIDAsol from late last week.
So much little time Smiley

and she just turns into the light below...heading for Ijmuiden/Amsterdam and then eventually Hamburg.

See also Patrick's shot in 6231.


Monday, 29 April 2019 - 06:50
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